“Obama becoming the president, it’s progress for White people. It’s not progress for Black people,” Rock told The New York Times during a wide-ranging interview to promote his upcoming FX series “Fargo” that was published Wednesday.
“It’s the Jackie Robinson thing. It’s written like he broke a barrier, as if there weren’t Black people that could play before him,” Rock continued. “And that’s how White people have learned about racism. They think, when these people work hard enough, they’ll be like Jackie.”
Rock said “the real narrative should be that these people, the Black people, are being abused by a group of people that are mentally handicapped.”
“And we’re trying to get them past their mental handicaps to see that all people are equal,” he said.
The comic legend added that “humanity isn’t progress” and should be expected.
“It’s only progress for the person that’s taking your humanity. If a woman’s in an abusive relationship and her husband stops beating her, you wouldn’t say she’s made progress, right? But that’s what we do with Black people. We’re constantly told that we’re making progress,” Rock said. “The relationship we’re in — the arranged marriage that we’re in — it’s that we’re getting beat less.”
Rock also blasted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and other Democrats for prioritizing impeachment earlier this year, accusing them of letting the coronavirus into the country as they attempted to oust President Trump, who he likened to a “5-year-old.”
Rock recalled talking politics with comedy colleague Dave Chapelle, knocking President Trump by comparing him to a “landlord” and explaining “we’re in the predicament” because “no one has less compassion for humans than a landlord.”
He then linked the president to the 1987 film “The Last Emperor,” which he noted features a child ruler.
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